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All the latest news and information about Birmingham, UK.



The worst is yet to come as George Osborne tries to slash police and council spending

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement revealed plans to slash funding for local services to the bone

Birmingham City Council updated

Sir Bob Kerslake: Birmingham's poorest are being let down

A damning report commissioned by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has warned Birmingham of City Council to stop making excuses for its failings, and to change the way councillors are elected

Ed Balls speaks at the Labour Party Conference

We'll tell civil servants to move out of London, says Ed Balls

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says a Labour government would order Whitehall departments to draw up plans to shift jobs out of London

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Lord Mayor of Birmingham Coun Shafique Shah

Ed Balls calls for "Midland Powerhouse" as he pledges to devolve cash and power to region

The Government's plans for a "Northern Powerhouse" are excluding the rest of the country, Labour's Shadow Chancellor has warned

The historic referendum is currently on a knife-edge, with the Yes campaign to keep the Union together only narrowly ahead of the No voters

English MPs rebel over Cameron and Miliband's "vow" to keep funding system which benefits Scotland

Midland MPs have backed a Commons motion calling for an end to an unfair funding system which gives more money to Scotland than England - despite pledge by party leaders to keep it

Steve McCabe

Put combined authority plans on hold - so public can have a say, demands MP

Birmingham MP Steve McCabe says "politicos" must not be allowed to create a West Midlands combined authority without consulting the public

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron says Birmingham and Midlands will not be forced to elect a mayor

Prime Minister insists Birmingham and Black Country will not be forced to follow in Manchester's footsteps and elect a mayor - but argues mayors make devolution "easier"

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne

Midland mayor "could run policing, transport and support for business"

MP Liam Byrne, a potential  candidate for the job, has set out detailed proposals for the powers a Birmingham or West Midland mayor should have.

Prime Minister David Cameron

Whitehall 'no longer knows best' says Prime Minister

David Cameron vows to back regions in creating their own futures during visit to Birmingham

Birmingham Council House

Councils catch fraud worth £15.6 million in West Midlands

Officials stopped 10,900 fraud scams aimed at local authorities in one year

Transforming the BT Tower into a pen nib sculpture was one idea put forward

Debate kicks off search for a world famous Birmingham landmark

A public forum has been held to discuss creating a piece of “innovative and highly visible” art which would put Birmingham on the map.

Osborne launches legislation to finally kill off regional development agencies

George Osborne launched a revolution in local government as he abolished the regional development agency and placed local councils in charge of boosting the West Midlands economy, in an emergency budget that slashed spending and drove up taxes.

AWM under threat as critics gain key Cabinet posts

Regional agencies offering support to industry face the axe after David Cameron appointed their most vocal critic to take charge of local government.

Election 2010: The battle for Birmingham Selly Oak

A bitter battle is being waged among candidates for Birmingham’s Selly Oak seat, writes Local Government Correspondent Neil Elkes.

Election 2010: The battle for Birmingham Selly Oak

A bitter battle is being waged among candidates for Birmingham’s Selly Oak seat, writes Local Government Correspondent Neil Elkes.

Minister tells councils to sack managers and sell buildings

  • BBC

Councils must sack managers and sell their buildings to make ends meet as they struggle to cope with funding cuts, Local Government Secretary John Denham has warned.

Watchdog questions Birmingham City Council's ability to deliver cost cuts

A local government watchdog has challenged an upbeat report on Birmingham City Council’s ambitious business transformation project.

Birmingham City Council plans to outsource service delivery is privatisation by another name

It is easy to see why politicians, from all political parties, are uneasy about privatising local government functions.

Brave leadership is needed to tackle this rise in absenteeism

Dear Editor, Your report on mental health problems amongst local government workers on page 12, Monday, August 10, and the relevant comment on page 2 , that day barely scratches the surface of the different facets of cost with regard to absenteeism in the public sector.

A stressful time for council workers, despite generous holiday and gold-plated pensions

New figures identifying a sharp jump in the number of local government workers off sick with mental health problems are certainly reflected in Birmingham, where depression, stress and tiredness are the main drivers behind a ludicrous absenteeism rate.

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Neil Elkes
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor